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By Lisa Barbour
Annan and Eskdale
Jockey Jak jumps to success

AN ANNAN jockey is riding high after qualifying for two prestigious events – and adding another string to his bow.

WINNING TEAM . . . Jak Warren and Hank have enjoyed a successful year on the showjumping and cross country circuit

Twenty-year-old Jak Warren and his trusty steed Hank will participate in the Blair Castle arena event championships on Wednesday, followed by the national cross country in Derby next month.
And the dairyman, who has been riding for 12 years, is delighted by the success he has enjoyed in showjumping and cross country so far this year.
He said: “I started British eventing last year in BE100 and this year won the 95 metre at Dumfries Show and all the local cross country top classes. I’m actually the first person to win the 95 metres at the show three years in a row.
“I decided to up the ante this year and competed in novice British eventing and in my first competition I came 11th out of 53 which was pretty outstanding.
“I’ve wanted to qualify for Derby for some time and this year it was third time lucky, so it has been my best year so far.”
Jak, who trained as an amateur jockey and also rides for Kevin Jardine at Solway Racehorses, says working with horses has been a big help in his daily battle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
And he’s now planning to work on his dressage ahead of next season, where he has big goals in his sights.
He added: “I’m not going to make Badminton on Hank so I would like a young horse to work on. I’m also going to do a lot more travelling next year and plan to go to York and Edinburgh.”
Jak is seeking sponsorship to assist with his ongoing progression and anyone interested in finding out more should contact Tartan Carriages.

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